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Petty officers with Electronic Attack Squadron 131 from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash., prepare to ground an EA-6B Prowler before defueling the aircraft aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., Feb. 4. After all ordnance is stripped from the aircraft, and explosives are taken from the ejection seats, the aircraft is scheduled to be taken to the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum for display.

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION MIRAMAR, Calif. – The Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum added a new aircraft to its historical ranks Feb. 4 aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif.

Museum personnel welcomed a Northrop Grumman EA-6B Prowler, the newest addition to the museum’s aircraft display. The aircraft originated from Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 131 aboard Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash.

“This aircraft has been a long-time Marine aircraft,” said Clyde Cain, Northrop Grumman employee and volunteer with the museum. “We have been fortunate enough to acquire one for our museum as the military transitions to the EA-18G Growlers.”

With top speeds reaching approximately 650 mph, the Prowler’s capabilities also included special systems designed to disrupt enemy radar and communications. Once enemy electrical equipment is disabled, troops or other aircraft can enter the area and either find and engage the enemy or provide crucial aerial support.

A crew from VAQ-131 arrived beforehand to demilitarize and prepare the aircraft for retirement at the museum. The crew is slated to visit the USS Midway Museum to do the same to another of the squadron’s former aircraft, explained Cain.

For one of the pilots, seeing the Navy and Marine Corps move toward a more technologically advanced aircraft is bittersweet.

“We’re going to miss flying the aircraft, and the crew concept will be a little bit different as we move on to [the Growler],” said Navy Lt. Ana Brown, one of four pilots with VAQ-131 who delivered the retiring aircraft. “We did a lot of combat missions out in Afghanistan and Iraq that helped a lot of our guys out.”

The museum staff will help to preserve and carry on the great legacy the EA-6B Prowler leaves behind. Even after it’s replaced by the Growler, Brown looks forward to a new generation having the opportunity to see the glory of her former aircraft.

“It’ll be awesome to bring my son down here when he’s a little bit older to show him what his mom used to fly,” said Brown. “Our squadron will transition to the Growler, a more advanced aircraft with new technology, but the mission will stay the same. We’re excited for the future and what it holds.”

The Prowler is slated to be ready for public viewing at the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum in early March.

The Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum is free and open to the public Tuesday through Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For more information, please visit www.flyingleathernecks.org, or call 1-877-FLY-USMC (359-8762).


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This work, On the prowl: aviation museum receives Prowler aircraft, by Cpl Christopher Johns, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:02.04.2014

Date Posted:02.05.2014 19:42

Location:MARINE CORPS AIR STATION MIRAMAR, CA, USGlobe

Hometown:SAN DIEGO, CA, US

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